Category: Concert Reviews

September 11, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Jazz: NOW Wired, August 15 8.5/10 Ellen Kirkwood gets it. She understands that this composing lark isn’t  really about just stringing notes and harmonies together; that, at its heart, music is a narrative art, and therefore the three simplest rules of story-telling apply: establish expectations, fulfil them and subvert them.…

August 28, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Johnston St Jazz, July 30 9/10 It all comes down to sound. Even when streamed rather than live, you hear a life-force fermenting in Matt Ottignon’s tenor saxophone that can rear up like a tsunami or melt like chocolate. Not merely a matter of commanding the keys and mouthpiece, the…

August 7, 2020 / Concert Reviews

Johnston St Jazz, July 9 6/10 Some artists may rejoice to hear that critics suffer nightmares, courtesy of events like a rained-out jazz festival one was to review, or an Emmanuel Brothers concert where the power failed early on. All was not lost that time, however, because the two guitarists…